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1 week ago

LG Watch Urbane review: The best of the motley wearable crew

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LG Watch Urbane

"Make a nice smartwatch. But don't make it too nice."

That's sort of the working line you figure was floating around during development of the LG Watch Urbane. Like the LG G Watch R before it, this model can actually pass as a traditional timepiece, at least from a distance. And from that same distance, it looks really nice — easily the best-looking example of Android Wear thus far.

Perhaps that's damning with faint praise, but the simple fact remains that there are a whole bunch of displays on wrists these days, and few smartwatches that actually look like watches. (And that absolutely includes this one.)

The Urbane (we're not going to call it "Watch Urbane" any more than is absolutely necessary for obvious reasons) also is the first watch to run Android 5.1.1, which definitely adds a new spin to the software experience, though it doesn't start from scratch.

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1 week ago

Google Play can now allow users to pre-register for upcoming app releases

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App developers are now starting to allow Google Play Store users to pre-register for upcoming apps before they are released.

If you have ever wanted to get an alert about when an Android app is being released in the Google Play Store, app developers now have the option to let you pre-register before apps are launched.

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1 week ago

MetroPCS will completely shut down its old CDMA network on June 21

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MetroPCS will be completely turning off its old CDMA network June 21, but customers still have time to upgrade to a GSM/HSPA+/LTE device.

Pre-paid wireless carrier MetroPCS was acquired by T-Mobile in 2013 and now customers are being alerted that on June 21 their CDMA network will be shut down in favor of T-Mobile's faster GSM/HSPA+/LTE network.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 235: Android Central RAW!

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Audio-only stream below

We're back at it this week with the latest on the Android 5.1.1 rollouts, more details on Google's Project Fi, continued thoughts on the LG G4, and we'll answer more of your questions live on air!

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2 weeks ago

Some Sega games will be removed from the Google Play Store soon

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Sega has plans to remove an unknown number of its Android games from the Google Play Store in the near future.

In an announcement today, Sega said that it recently evaluated its current number of mobile games and "determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards."

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 review

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LG G4

LG needed an exceptional flagship this year, and the G4 is exactly that.

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2 weeks ago

Prime Stations strum their way to the Amazon Echo, putting hundreds of ad-free stations a voice command away

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Amazon's Echo got yet another new feature, and this time it is the addition of Prime Stations, which brings tons of ad-free music to the device.

Recently the Amazon Echo has been getting integration with a bunch of new services, and the most recent is Prime Stations. It wasn't that long ago that we saw Prime Stations become available to Android users, and now the service is available on the Echo, allowing music to be controlled without needing to touch a thing.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus One owners in India can keep receiving Cyanogen over-the-air updates

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OnePlus One owners in India now have the option to keep receiving updates to the smartphone if it has the Cyanogen OS installed.

The Indian office of OnePlus announced today that the company's previous legal issues with Micromax have been resolved, allowing OnePlus One owners in that country to keep getting over-the-air updates to the Cyanogen OS.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now available for all of Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones

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Sprint has begun a rollout of an update for its non-Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to that device.

Sprint previously updated the version of the Galaxy S4 that supported its Sprint Spark LTE network to Lollipop few weeks ago.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 Gear VR Innovator Edition now available online, in-store May 15

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The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is available for online purchasing from Best Buy and Samsung for $199.

Best Buy and Samsung are now accepting orders for the Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6, but you will need to wait until May 15 to get one in-store. Samsung first announced the Galaxy S6 version back at the beginning of March, and pre-orders went live towards the end of April for the device.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now hitting Dell Venue 8 tablets, forcing encryption during update

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Dell Venue 8

We're no strangers to Lollipop updates around here, but Dell adding encryption during the update is something new.

One of the big topics to come up during the launch of Android 5.0, especially after using the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, was the inclusion of full disk encryption to the platform. Nexus users quickly discovered they had little say in the matter, but most manufacturers have left encryption as a choice in both updates and new device releases. During the update to Android 5.0.2 today, Dell Venue 8 users will notice a step in between agreeing to reboot and start the update and the "Android is upgrading" screen. This sleek little Intel tablet is encrypting the device during the update process, and it's happening without user consent.

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2 weeks ago

Goat Simulator GoatZ brings goats and zombies together for Android

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Coffee Stain Studios isn't done with their popular, and very odd, Goat Simulator game series. This week, the team launched Goat Simulator GoatZ for Android

The game, developed by Gone North Games, is a stand alone expansion to Goat Simulator for $4.99. As the title suggests, it combines two things most people love to see: goats and zombies.

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2 weeks ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for HTC One M9

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Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Designed for those who need extra grip to prevent the slip, the CandyShell Grip Case for the M9 packs plenty of flavor without bulking your device's waistline.

It's been a while since I've sported anything from Speck, and using this dual-layer case on the M9 makes me appreciate that they're still keeping it simple without skimping on design or quality. Unlike our recent run with Qmadix's X-Series Cover, the CandyShell Grip has complete fusion going on, blending both its sleek polycarbonate frame and smooth TPU.

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2 weeks ago

You can now order food directly from Google search results

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The new service lets you conveniently order food directly from Google search results.

When you search for nearby restaurants, you'll now find an option called "Place an order" that directs you to build your order a food delivery service, all without having to visit the restaurant's website.

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2 weeks ago

Nintendo's first smartphone game launching this year, five titles to debut by 2017

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Nintendo's CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced in an earnings call today that its first smartphone game — developed in collaboration with DeNA — will launch by the end of 2015.

The company plans to release five titles by 2017, and has made the necessary personnel additions to develop games tailored for smartphones.

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